TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $13 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.That means the jackpot for the next draw on May 5 will grow to approximately $19 million.
Here’s your chance to meet country music legend George Strait at a show in Vegas.A new charity auction is giving you and three friends the chance to experience all 60 of George Strait’s #1 hits live from the front row in Vegas! You and your guests will also enjoy a Meet & Greet with George backstage!Additionally, you will receive 2 rooms in a MGM International Resorts Hotel property for 2 nights with car transportation to the show each night.You will also receive special merchandise, and admission to the enhanced King’s Exhibit – a private exhibit that chronicles the life and career of George Strait through memorabilia, only available to VIP guests and guests of George Strait.Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Jenifer Strait Foundation, an organisation established in the memory of George Strait’s daughter, who was killed in a car accident in 1986. The Foundation promotes charitable causes for children, and focuses it’s donations on various non-profit organizations, including; The Boys & Girls Club San Antonio and St. Jude’s Ranch. Find out more about the charity here.The auction runs until July 13, and can be accessed here.
Ever since Barry Jenkins (eventually) won the ‘Best Picture’ Oscar in 2017 fans and critics have been eagerly awaiting how he would follow up Moonlight.A love story set in 1970s Harlem, his next project If Beale Street Could Talk is adapted from a James Baldwin novel of the same name. In the film Trish (Kiki Layne) fights to free her husband (Stephan James) who is falsely accused of rape and imprisoned ahead of the birth of their child. Jenkins in fact adapted the novel on the same 2013 trip to Europe in which he adapted the script for Moonlight from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play. Five years after penning the script in Berlin, the film had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival this weekend as one of their Special Presentations.Reviews have praised Jenkins’ response to the pressure of following up winning ‘Best Picture’ as an outsider, noting the film builds on the skills he showcased in Moonlight. READ MORE‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Another Cinematic Wonder from Barry Jenkins [TIFF]Moonlight director Barry Jenkins returns with If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of the novel by James Baldwin. Romantic and tragic, Beale Street is gorgeous and emotionally stirring – the type of movie that only comes along every so often.“Love brought you here. If you trusted love this far, don’t panic now. Trust it all the way…” Those words come midway through If Beale Street Could Talk, the latest stunning work from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins. They’re delivered by Sharon Rivers (Regina King), addressing her 19-year-old daughter Tish (Kiki Layne) just when things seem at their most hopeless. READ MOREIf Beale Street Could Talk review – Barry Jenkins’ tragic romance soarsWith his third film, the writer-director Barry Jenkins carries with him an impossible weight of expectation, the kind of which he was less burdened with when Moonlight premiered in 2016. Before then he had made an acclaimed yet small-scale 2008 drama called Medicine for Melancholy, and little did any of us know just how far his follow-up would go, from gaining enthused festival buzz to becoming a groundbreaking best picture Oscar winner. Two years later he returns with a wider, hungrier audience in tow and his decision to adapt a much-loved James Baldwin novel attaches an even greater level of anticipation along with unfair yet unavoidable pressure. READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter
New York – Morocco’s Investment Commission (AMDI) approved 36 investment projects in 2015 totaling MAD 62.86 billion, to generate 8,452 jobs, Minister of Industry, Trade & New Technologies, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, said.“The year 2015 posted a significant increase in terms of investment amount with more than MAD 47.36 billion and doubling the number of direct jobs to be created, that is 4,395 jobs,”Elalamy said at a press conference on Wednesday, following a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Investment Committee, held in Rabat under the chairmanship of Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane.Elalamy noted the predominance in the industrial sector in terms of investment and job creation in 2015. “With more than MAD 20 billion, the industrial sector accounts for nearly 32 percent of the total investments submitted to the Investment Committee.This sector stands out as the main provider of jobs with around 3,068 jobs, or nearly 36 percent of jobs to be created,” the minister highlighted.Investments in renewable energy account for 26.28 percent of the total, followed by the telecommunications sector (25.4 percent), tourism, leisure and real estate (11.11 percent), energy (2.81 percent), and the agricultural commerce sector (2.37 percent).Elalamy said that with more than half of total investment, Moroccan-foreign joint ventures account for nearly 53 percent of planned investments submitted for approval to the commission.National investments are in second place and account for 46.73 percent of the total investment budget.The Investment Commission also approved on Wednesday 21 new investment projects, consisting of 12 agreements and 9 amendments, for a total of MAD 38.08 billion, according to Medias24.The distribution of new investments by sector shows a predominance of the industry sector, with an allocated MAD 20 billion of the total, to generate 2,943 jobs.Telecommunications is in second with an allocated budget of over MAD 16 billion, the same source noted.Domestic investments will greatly benefit from the new approved projects due to the recent boom in the industrial and energy sectors Morocco.More than half (58 percent) of the newly approved budget by the Investment Commission will be granted to domestic investments for a total of MAD 22.3 billion.
The funding is needed for the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, which will allow UN agencies, national and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and their Government counterparts to provide life-saving assistance, bolster livelihoods and contribute to the stability of the country throughout 2010.“Humanitarian needs are serious and increasing, and we fear that vital development gains are being lost,” said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Pratibha Mehta.Yemen is a low-income, food-deficit nation, suffering from weak infrastructure, widespread poverty and unemployment, rapid population growth, low educational levels, and high gender disparities, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a news release.The country’s dramatic humanitarian situation has been exacerbated by a renewed outbreak in armed conflict since August between Government forces and Al Houthi rebels which rages on in Sa’ada province in the north, close to the Saudi Arabian border. Last week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the massive flows of internally displaced persons (IDPs) escaping the violence are straining shelter and aid resources, with the number of displaced in Al Mazrak camp doubling in just the past month to 21,000 IDPs seeking refuge in a site designed to hold up to 10,000.OCHA noted that among the needs of Yemenis vulnerable to prolonged high food prices, an economic downturn, conflict, and climate change are food, health and nutrition services, protection, shelter, water, and sanitation and hygiene. “This humanitarian response plan will enable some 1.3 million food-insecure people, including an estimated 200,000 displaced from the Sa’ada conflict as well as over 162,000 refugees, to meet their critical needs,” stressed Ms. Mehta, appealing for prompt and generous donor support for the plan.The $177 million required for Yemen is part of OCHA’s $7.1 billion international Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) for the coming year to assist 48 million people across 25 countries whose lives have been wrecked by conflict and natural disasters. Launched two weeks ago in Geneva, the CAP covers 12 of the world’s most chronic and drawn-out crises, with the largest amount – over $1 billion – sought for Sudan. 14 December 2009The United Nations humanitarian arm today appealed for more than $177 million to provide the basic survival needs for some 1.6 million Yemenis suffering from acute poverty and a recent escalation in violent clashes in the country’s north.
TORONTO — Dominion Diamond Corp. says two of its independent directors have resigned, as the board of Canada’s largest publicly traded diamond producer faces shareholder pressure for a shakeup.One resignation is Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, an investment analyst who has worked with the London-based Rothschild group, which has been hired by the Toronto-based company to “maximize shareholder value.”The other resignnation is Ollie Oliveira, managing partner at Greengrove Capital and a former senior executive at Anglo American and De Beers — one of the world’s largest diamond producers.Dominion Diamond owns the Ekati diamond mine and a 40 per cent share of Diavik — Canada’s largest diamond mine — both in the Northwest Territories.Activist shareholders target Dominion DiamondDominion Diamond pays reasonable price for Ekati stakeThe departures come just days after a group of Dominion Diamond shareholders publicly called on the company’s independent directors to deal with the “misguided policies and missed opportunities” that have hurt their investment.The group — led by K2 & Associates Investment Management Inc. — says it recognizes that the mining industry faces “headwinds” but believes Dominion Diamond’s shares are “significantly undervalued by the public markets.”The shareholders addressed their complaint to Daniel Jarvis, Dominion Diamond’s lead independent director, and sought a meeting with him and other independent members of the board, which includes former Harper minister Chuck Strahl.The board also includes two members who are not considered independent because of their employment with the company, former chief executive Robert Gannacott, who is chairman, and current CEO Brendan Bell.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called the father of Baremithan, Nadarasa Balamanaran to offer his condolences. Nadarasa, who currently holds permanent residency in Australia, reached Australia by boat four years ago while his wife and son remained in Sri Lanka, having failed to obtain a visa for family reunification. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has telephoned a Sri Lankan man whose child had died in an asylum boat tragedy this week.Radio Australia reported that 3 year old Baremithan Balamanaran was among 13 people killed off Java when the asylum boat with over 150 people onboard sank. According to Radio Australia, Nadarasa Balamanaran works in a factory in Perth and has not slept since Wednesday afternoon after he learned of the death of his son.Rudd had telephoned the father just when he and his friends were at the Red Cross office in Perth trying to get information on the location of the body of Baremithan.
Top United Nations officials today praised the 1993 Vienna Declaration, which led to the creation of the post of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, strengthened human rights work, and reinforced the universality of human rights and the duty of States to uphold them.“Human rights and fundamental freedoms are the lifeblood of the United Nations,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a video message to panel discussion in Geneva to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. “Since the Organization was founded, Member States and civil society partners have worked to build a body of human rights instruments that can uphold the principles of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” he noted.The declaration – adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights, held in Vienna in June 1993, and later endorsed by the General Assembly – led to the creation of the post of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.As a member of a women’s rights organization who participated in a side event at the 1993 Conference, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay recalled that the event took place amid a “time of transformation” with the end of the Cold War and as progress had been made in dismantling apartheid in South Africa.In remarks read out on her behalf by Bacre Ndiaye, Director of the Human Rights Council and Special Procedures Division in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ms. Pillay said the Conference was also the first time that representatives of governments and civil society spoke about women’s rights at a conference dedicated to human issues and not specially women’s issues.“This shift in human rights thinking paved the way for key advances,” she noted, including the adoption of the UN Declaration on violence against women, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It also contributed to how the gender perspective was integrated into human rights work and the Organization as a whole.“However, much remains to be done. As was the case 20 years ago, women and girls continue to be sexually and physically abused, and their abusers go unpunished,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that women’s political participation and full empowerment are a “work in progress.” The High Commissioner also urged civil society to continue its strong engagement with the UN, noting the vital role non-governmental organizations played in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action “The United Nations cannot attain its lofty objectives without the participation of those it is supposed to serve. It is only by listening to their concerns that we can we ensure that our action is grounded in the real lives of real people,” she said. The panel was held as part of the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council which began in Geneva today.
“Immunization is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to prevent these diseases and safeguard young lives,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his video message to the Summit in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He note that 80 per cent of children – more than at any time in history – are immunized, but cautioned that work remains, “We have reached four out of five children worldwide. Now it is time to reach that fifth child wherever he or she may be. We must break down all barriers that stand in our way.”Health groups at the Summit today announced they could rid the world of polio by 2018 with a $5.5 billion vaccination and monitoring plan to stop the disease.“The global success so far in fighting polio shows how far we can advance,” Mr. Ban said, highlighting the international alliance of partners which includes the UN, governments, civil society and private sector.“We have a window of opportunity to end polio forever. And we have a greater appreciation for the power of partnerships,” Mr. Ban said. The Summit is being held during World Immunization Week which started on 20 April with its call to “protect your world, get vaccinated” in 180 countries, as part of an efforts to reach universal immunization coverage.Vaccination averts an estimated 2-3 million deaths every year, according to UN figures, from preventable diseases such as diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, pneumonia, polio rotavirus, diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus. Children’s and maternal health are important to all eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to reduce multiple global ills by 2015, particularly to Goals 4 on reducing under-five mortality by two thirds by 2015. Mr. Ban recently launched 1,000 Days of Action to boost progress towards achievement of the MDGs by their deadline.Meanwhile, staring today in Somalia, 425,000 children born each year will receive the Pentavalent vaccine, which protects against five potentially fatal childhood diseases.Launched today at the Summit in Abu Dhabi, three-doses of the vaccine protect against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hepatitis B and an influenza known as Hib which can lead to meningitis, pneumonia and other illnesses. The vaccine is being used staring today in Somali capital, Mogadishu, as well as Garowe in Puntland and Hargeisa in Somaliland. The 1.3 million doses provided will be used to immunize children under one year of age, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is taking part in the launch along with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the GAVI Alliance. The launch of the vaccine is being accompanied by an outreach campaign to make parents aware of the importance of the new vaccine.“It is crucial that this vaccine reaches every Somali child in the country,” said Sikander Khan, UNICEF Somalia Representative. “We urge all parents, community, traditional and religious leaders to participate in the immunisation activity, to ensure all children of Somalia can benefit from the protection offered.”Somalia has one of the worst health indicators in the world with one in every five Somali children dying before their fifth birthday, according to UNICEF.
A UNICEF report released yesterday at the African Union Girls Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, shows that the total number of child brides in Africa will more than double, rising from 125 million to 310 million over the next 35 years, largely because of slow rates of reduction, combined with rapid population growth. The statistical report, A Profile of Child Marriage in Africa, reveals that In all other regions of the world, current rates of reduction and demographic trends mean there will be fewer child brides each year. By 2050 Africa will surpass South Asia as the region with the highest number of women aged 20 to 24 who were married as children.“The sheer number of girls affected – and what this means in terms of lost childhoods and shattered futures ¬¬– underline the urgency of banning the practice of child marriage once and for all,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a news release on the launch of the report. “In all other regions of the world, current rates of reduction and demographic trends mean there will be fewer child brides each year,” UNICEF expressed in the press release.In all other regions of the world, current rates of reduction and demographic trends mean there will be fewer child brides each year. By 2050 Africa will surpass South Asia as the region with the highest number of women aged 20 to 24 who were married as children, according to the report.“Child marriage generates norms that have become increasingly difficult to exterminate – norms that undermine the value of our women,” said Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma. “Through greater awareness, teamed with a collaborative approach, the crippling effects of child marriage can be eradicated.” The report notes that across Africa, the percentage of young women who were married as children has dropped from 44 per cent in 1990 to 34 per cent today. However, because Africa’s total population of girls is expected to rise from 275 million today to 465 million by 2050.UNICEF points out that far more ambitious action is needed – as even a doubling of the current rate of reduction in child marriages would still mean an increase in the number of child brides.The report points out that progress has also been deeply inequitable: the likelihood that a girl from the poorest quintile would be married as a child is as strong today as it was 25 years ago.”The data is also clear that ending child marriage requires a much sharper focus on reaching the poorest and most marginalized girls – those in greatest need and at greatest risk – with quality education and a host of other protective services. Their lives, and the futures of their communities, are at stake,” said Mr. Lake.UNICEF’s report also states that when children get married, their prospects for a healthy, successful life decline drastically, often setting off an intergenerational cycle of poverty. Child brides are less likely to finish school, more likely to be victims of violence and become infected with HIV.Children born to teenage mothers have a higher risk of being stillborn, dying soon after birth and having low birth weight. Moreover, UNICEF says that child brides often lack the skills needed for employment.The African Union launched a continent-wide campaign to End Child Marriage last May. This was followed with an action plan for governments to reduce child marriage rates by increasing girls’ access to birth registration, quality education and reproductive health services, as well as strengthening and enforcing laws and policies that protect girls’ rights and prohibit marriage before 18, according to UNICEF. “Each child bride is an individual tragedy. An increase in their number is intolerable,” concluded the UNICEF chief.
Challenged on whether he had a “change of tune”, he told the broadcaster: “Yes, in many respects I have.”It came as the Labour leader was accused of planning to “bankrupt Britain” with a manifesto that would ramp up debt by £250 billion and stage the biggest tax raid the country has ever seen.Yesterday Mr Corbyn announced plans for £48.6 billion of extra annual spending commitments paid for by high earners and businesses that would saddle the country with its biggest tax burden since 1950. “Of course, since then Labour have launched their manifesto, it’s a fantastic manifesto, a manifesto for workers, for ordinary working people, a manifesto that will change Britain for the good. Len McCluskey Credit:RUSSELL CHEYNE “The response that we’ve had from Unite members has been incredible, that’s why I was checking our polls that we do, constant rolling polls, and the response has been like something we’ve never seen before.“So I’m now full of optimism. If I was having that interview today I wouldn’t be making those comments.“I think also the Labour campaign has been brilliant, it’s outshone the Tories, Jeremy Corbyn has come across as a real man of the people and a real leader. And I’m now full of optimism as to what will happen in the next two to three weeks.” Mr McClusky told Politico: “The scale of the task is immense. People like me are always optimistic … things can happen. But I don’t see Labour winning. I think it would be extraordinary.”I believe that if Labour can hold on to 200 seats or so it will be a successful campaign.”It will mean that Theresa May will have had an election, will have increased her majority but not dramatically.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. One of Jeremy Corbyn’s key union allies has been forced to insist he is “confident” the opinion polls will start to change in Labour’s favour just 24 hours after he wrote off the party’s chances of winning the election.Len McCluskey, the Unite boss, said holding on to 200 seats – a loss of 29 seats and its worst result since 1935 – would constitute “a successful campaign”.He said the task for the party is “immense” ahead of June’s vote and admitted “I don’t see Labour winning”. However, speaking to the BBC this morning, the leader of the country’s biggest trade union said he would not “be making those comments” now and was very much “up for the fight”.He said: “The interview I did with politico was a conversational piece and it was against the backdrop of ‘if the opinion polls are to be believed’ that I made those comments. His manifesto pledges were immediately picked apart by one of the country’s leading economists, who suggested the tax plans might only raise £20bn, leaving a £28.6bn annual shortfall.
CUSTOMS OFFICERS HAVE seized 60,000 cigarettes and 45 kgs of tobacco in Cork today.The Revenue Customs Service’s seizure in Mitchelstown was assisted by gardaí this morning. The haul has an estimated retail value of €46, 800 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €36, 972.The “Capital” cigarettes and the “Samson” tobacco were seized when a UK registered car was stopped on the M8 by gardaí. The vehicle was also seized.A non-Irish national male in his 40s was questioned by Revenue officers and a file is being prepared for the DPP.Read: Harvey the Revenue’s sniffer dog uncovers tobacco worth €10k in Cork>
NASA has managed to recover rock samples from the Moon by actually landing on it. However, that’s quite a big, slow moving target with relatively flat surfaces on which to land a spacecraft. Recovering samples from fast moving comets, which are much smaller, throw off ice and rock as they travel, and have much more uneven surfaces, is a completely different problem to solve.The solution, according to NASA, is not to even attempt to have a craft come into contact with a comet. Instead, they intend to develop a surgically precise harpoon system that can be fired into the rock multiple times without undue risk for the spacecraft tasked with transporting those samples back to Earth.Testing of a harpoon system capable of collecting a smaple is already underway at the Goddard Space Flight Center. A large metal crossbow has been installed at the facility capable of generating 1,000 pounds of force through the use of a 0.5 inch thick steel cable. The crossbow will be replaced with a cannon for the final firing system, but for now this setup is fine for testing purposes.The crossbow’s target is a 55-gallon drum full of what scientists believe is close to the composition of a comet: a varying mix of sand, salt, and pebbles. Of course, every comet is going to be different, and it needs to be determined how much energy is required for different compositions.These initial tests have already thrown up a few head scratchers. For example, having 1,000 pounds of force means the harpoon should pierce even the hardest of comets, but how does NASA counteract the recoil the spacecraft carrying it will suffer when firing? There’s also work being done on what the best harpoon tip design is, and how much explosive powder will be required for the final cannon system.There doesn’t seem to be a mission planned yet to use this new harpoon collection system. There is a harpoon being used in 2014 as part of the Rosetta mission, but it won’t collect a sample. The Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission launching in 2016 will collect a sample, but only from the surface of a comet. The next stage is a mission to collect subsurface samples–those untouched by the harsh conditions in space.Read more at NASA
A display of America’s 50 state flags has been removed from a Fairbanks bridge due to their worn condition and an ongoing debate about Confederate symbols.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that nonprofit community development organization Festival Fairbanks removed the flags Monday.Festival Fairbanks Executive Director Julie Jones says the flags were taken down because of the wear and tear they had sustained. She also says part of the decision was influenced by the inclusion of the Mississippi flag – which includes a Confederate battle flag in its upper left corner.Jones says they did not want to only remove Mississippi’s flag from the display. Because of the tattered state of all 50, the organization chose to remove them all.
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama at the White House Thursday (Image: C-Span Video)When a U.S. president and a Canadian prime minister meet, it’s not a given that the Arctic will be on the agenda. But this morning, on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first official visit to Washington, D.C. the two leaders released an agreement on the Arctic, energy and climate. Alaska’s senators aren’t happy with it.Download AudioThe Arctic portion of the agreement calls for a “new partnership” to build an economy that protects the environment. In a White House press conference, Trudeau said the partnership foresees science-based standards for various Arctic activities.“From fishing in the high seas of the Arctic, as well as set new standards to ensure maritime transport with less emissions, the partnership will also support sustainable development in the region,” Trudeau said before the session was opened to questions from reporters.The Arctic statement says both countries “reaffirm” their national goals of protecting at least 17% of land and 10% of marine areas by 2020. And, it says, they will also lead an effort to persuade the other northern nations to develop a pan-Arctic network of marine protected areas.“Look, I think any time the Arctic is prominently featured in a press conference, that’s important,” said HeatherA Canadian Coast Guard Ship approaches the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean. (File photo: Patrick Kelley/ Coast Guard)Conley, an Arctic expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. But she says the Arctic didn’t take top billing in the agreement. “It’s obviously a great day to celebrate a very close relationship. Phenomenal that Arctic was so prominently featured, but understanding that this is primarily a climate change perspective.”Among other details, the two leaders are also pledging to work together to establish low-impact shipping corridors. In the energy and climate portions of the agreement, they agreed to reduce methane emissions from their oil and gas industries by at least 40 percent by 2025, and end routine gas flaring.Environmental groups promptly lauded the agreement.Gov. Bill Walker said he was disappointed Alaskans weren’t consulted in crafting it.“The Arctic presents great opportunity for our state and our nation to prosper in a global economy,” Walker said in a written statement. “However, the way to achieve that is by greater federal investment in our state’s Arctic development efforts, and not the restrictive policies that were presented today.”Sen. Dan Sullivan says he and Sen. Lisa Murkowski couldn’t get information about the agreement until a briefing two days prior. Sullivan says they even tried contacting the Canadian Embassy, because no one from the U.S. government was returning their emails.“The president and the secretary of State are making commitments on the Arctic. What are they doing? They’re making commitments about the Alaska,” Sullivan said, before he and other senators met with Trudeau at the Capitol. “That’s the Arctic.We’re an Arctic nation only because of Alaska. And they’re making these big commitments. And not one of them reached out to us. And not one of them asked us what we thought. Not one of them was seeking input from us.”Sullivan says the agreement promises what he calls “legally suspect” oil and gas regulations and is often vague.“But on protecting and locking up the oceans, what does that mean?” the senator asked. “And has anyone in Alaska been consulted on it?”(Conley says the U.S. has been pursuing the goal of marine protected areas through the Arctic Council.)Sen. Murkowski, in her own statement, says the agreement seems to give Canada a partial veto of development decisions in Alaska. Her spokesman pointed to a sentence that says if Arctic oil and gas activity proceeds, it must align with “science-based standards between the two nations” that ensure operators are prepared for Arctic conditions.Neither Alaskan was among the border-state senators invited to the State dinner at the White House. The guest list includes prominent Canadians in entertainment, such as “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels, and actors Sandra Oh, Mike Myers and Michael J. Fox, as well as Trudeau’s mother, Margaret Trudeau, and his in-laws. Alaska was represented on the menu, with halibut “casseroles” as the first course.
Kolkata: The state Power department has been incurring a huge loss caused due to the incidents of power theft in the districts.State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay has laid an emphasis on creating awareness among the people in those districts where maximum cases of power thefts have been reported so far. The minister has already clarified his stand that the Power department would not take any coercive steps against those who indulge in illegal activities. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe minister has repeatedly urged the people in villages to take a new connection as the government is providing electricity at a cheaper rate. The number of new electricity connections has gone up manifold in the state due to a sustained campaign carried out by the Power department. The department has instructed the officials in the district to check the incidents of theft not by adopting any stringent methods, but by making the villagers aware about how it would have an adverse impact on the state’s exchequer. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt has been learnt that the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has been incurring a loss of thousands of crores due to power theft. Most of the incidents have been reported from South 24-Parganas, where the Power department has met a loss of Rs 886 crore, followed by Murshidabad and Birbhum. According to sources, the amount of losses in Murshidabad stands at around Rs 691 crore, while in case of Birbhum the figure stands at Rs 675 crore.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major Staffordshire Moorlands road is partially blocked following an accident this morning. The accident has taken place on the A520 between Leek and Cheddleton. It is unclear exactly where on the route the collision has taken place – with traffic data company INRIX reporting it has taken place between Sandon Lane in Leek and Hollow Lane in Cheddleton. We have no information at this stage on how many vehicles are involved in accident, which took place at around 4am. The area has seen heavy snowfall throughout the night and there are also reports of ice on key routes across the Staffordshire Moorlands. Read MoreKen, 52, went missing on Christmas Eve, can you help police find him? A Met Office weather warning for ice remains in force across the district, and surrounding areas, until 11am this morning. We’ll be bringing you live updates on the latest news, travel and weather in your area throughout the day.
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